Blu-ray &Entertainment &Software Steven Kippel on 20 Aug 2007

Paramount chooses HD DVD exclusively

Paramount chooses HD DVD exclusively
In perhaps the most shocking development of the format war so far, Paramount Pictures has announced this morning that they will be supporting HD DVD exclusively. This includes all releases by Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Nickelodeon Movies, MTV Films and DreamWorks Animation. The agreement excludes all Steven Speilberg movies on DreamWorks. Paramount said his films are not exclusive to either format.

Paramount was originally an HD DVD exclusive studio but in October 2005 they surprised the world by announcing they would support both competing formats. This latest announcement is especially shocking considering the reports from late last week that Blu-ray has been consistently out-selling HD DVD by over 2:1 this year.

Paramount PicturesParamount cites HD DVD’s lower-cost players and lower manufacturing costs as the determining factors. Currently the lowest priced HD DVD player is Toshiba’s HD-A2 at $299 MSRP.

The first HD DVD exclusive Paramount release should be Blades of Glory on August 28. The summer blockbusters Transformers and Shrek the Third are also scheduled to be exclusive.

This is a stunning development that nobody could have predicted. The implications are broad as it seemed all the positive news for Blu-ray pointed to a swift decision in this war, if not this holiday season perhaps the next. Paramount’s exclusive agreement will certainly prolong this war.

We will certainly be watching this closely and will let you know any new developments as soon as they arrive.

Edit: Read the press release from Viacom here: Paramount and DreamWorks Animation Each Declare Exclusive Support for HD DVD

6 Responses to “Paramount chooses HD DVD exclusively”

  1. on 20 Aug 2007 at 6:02 PM 1.Wesley Novack said …

    Wow… just wow. This came out of nowhere. Great news for the HD DVD format.

  2. on 20 Aug 2007 at 8:07 PM 2.Caelum said …

    yet they still appear to be a part of the Blu-ray alliance….

    Does anyone have a link to the actual press release direct from paramount themselves?

    i’ve seen a copy of it sent around various news sites, but none of which show proof of the source…

    not saying that it isn’t true… but i would have thought that viacom/paramount would have a copy of it on their website somewhere!

  3. on 20 Aug 2007 at 10:01 PM 3.Steven Kippel said …

    Caelum, the link to Viacom’s press release is on the last line of the article I posted.

  4. on 21 Aug 2007 at 5:03 AM 4.Mac said …

    A bad choice by Paramount….:(

    Blu-Ray is far better than HD-DVD.

  5. on 02 Nov 2007 at 2:53 PM 5.New HD DVD commercials start airing » Blu-ray, HD DVD, DVD info at WesleyTech.com said …

    […] I was watching the nation’s most trusted news source, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and I saw a nifty commercial for HD DVD using Shrek characters. This campaign is probably linked with the promotional agreement HD DVD gave Dreamworks Animation to drop Blu-ray support. Whatever it is, the ads are quite effective. They actually explain what HD DVD is and how it’s different than DVD but without being dull. Check the ads embedded below and let us know what you think of them by posting in the comments section. Share this article: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages. […]

  6. on 06 Nov 2007 at 5:55 PM 6.High Definition rumors squashed » Blu-ray, HD DVD, DVD info at WesleyTech.com said …

    […] From the multitude of high definition format websites and communities found online, there are always a good number of rumors and theories flying around pertaining to both HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Two of the more recent rumors that have shook-up the online scenes have been the talks about Warner Home Video reevaluating their dual-format high definition support and another rumor detailing plans for a new Xbox media center with an embedded HD DVD drive. Warner denies high definition format strategy change The SVP of Strategic Promotion and Communication for Warner Home Entertainment, Jim Noonan, spoke with HighDefDigest to dispell the recent rumor. “I can tell you that Warner’s position has not changed, and I know that Dan did not intend to suggest that wasn’t the case. We support both formats and we have made no decision to alter that policy, nor are there any such announcements coming, or being planned.” Microsoft denies HD DVD Xbox The rumor regarding the Xbox media center with a built-in HD DVD drive has also been vehemently denied by Microsoft. Kevin Collins, the director of HD DVD evangelism stated “the company did not and will not bundle an HD DVD drive in its popular gaming console because Microsoft believes that gamers are first and foremost gamers.” You can read more about this in Home Media Magazine. Really not really? Or really maybe? Now that we’ve seen the official company responses to these rumors. I’d like to take a moment to state that anything is still possible. You may or may not have heard about Sony adamantly denying any type of PS3 price-cuts this year and then later issuing multiple “clearances” and price-cuts after the fact. This format war is an ever-changing battlefield and you never know what to expect next. The big Paramount HD DVD bomb is one example of a surprise announcement that no one saw coming. Share this article: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages. […]

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